Christina Francine Kennison has two daughters, is an enthusiastic NY State certified teacher who also teaches English and writing at the college level. She has presented at Carroll & Sons Art Gallery in Boston about both writing book analyses. She’s also judged work for authors and publishers. Publishing credits include creative and academic. The Spring 2016 issue of Journal of Literary Innovation published her analysis on why students across the nation are at Basic level as opposed to Proficient or Advanced, after examining the Nation’s Report Card. The work argues writing is not where it could be nationally for a few reasons, the largest being a prompt for a right formula/answer as opposed to following individual voice. She believes individual learning style can solve world problems. She is a member of Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers & Illustrators (BNCWI) and of the Hamburg Writer’s Group. Her Bachelor degree is from Castleton University and her Master degree is from Fredonia State.
~ Becky laughed and stomped in a puddle making mud squish between her toes while Mama danced. ~
* Target audience: children 4-8 and especially for those about to begin Kindergarten.
* Release date: Sept. 15th, 2019
*$10.95 USA, $14.95 Canada
Special Memory is a playful, feel good story that suggests using positive memories to help in times of stress and difficulties. Positive memories can then provide strength and remind us “good” times will happen again.
Fiery five-year-old Emily is semi-cooperative when her mother announces the idea of making a SPECIAL MEMORY one summer morning. She doesn’t want to get used to getting up early for kindergarten. Despite herself, Emily finds dancing in the warm rain with her older sister and mother while wearing pajamas fun until the storm changes. Emily’s mother then pulls her daughters indoors and teaches them how special memories make a difference in our lives. Emily doesn’t think a SPECIAL MEMORY will help in kindergarten until her first day when she remembers sticky wet pajamas and hair, along with warm mud squishing between her toes.
Phrase for Special Memory
“Young readers learn two lessons in this charming story (Special Memory). One, special memories can be deliberately created; and two, memories are great tools for offsetting fears and anxieties. And as a bonus, there is an activity guide at the back of the book that explores the themes therein, and, since the particular memory in the story is weather related, it also includes a great introduction to some climate essentials.”
—Joan Schweighardt, No Time for Zebras, and several novels.
“Readers will find “this tender story confidently illustrates the notion in a way that will be heartening to both child and adult. Parents will thank Christina Francine for her accessible gift of wisdom, which hides a transformative life skill in its gentle pages. Create a special memory to help balance the fear. Special Memory is a modest story about helping an apprehensive child overcome her worry. It sounds easy enough.”
—Nina Fosati, Literary author and editor
“Play with toys and watch cartoons, or go to kindergarten? Little Emily would much rather sleep late, stay home, and play all day! But what is it about thunderstorms and nightmares that would change her mind and make her happy to go to school? When Mama takes the girls on an unexpected outside adventure, Emily and her sister Becky learn the importance of taking time out to create memories. Memories can create smiles,even on the first day of kindergarten.
—Maureen Lindstrom, E. H. Butler Library, Buffalo State College
Also Coming in Fall 2019
Mr. Inker the Talking Pen Finds a Home,
Book One of Mr. Inker series
A Level #3 Reader for those learning to read.
Be sure to watch for more books about Mr. Inker who is sometimes a stinker.
Rafiq misses his friends from Pakistan and a boy at school makes fun of his name. It is not easy being an immigrant in America. Rafiq knows he’s safer in “the land of the free,” yet he is homesick. When he receives a fancy pen for his birthday, he discovers his new best friend, a talking pen. Sometimes Mr. Inker is too proud and his jokes corny. He can be a real stinker, but he helps Rafiq with English words, makes him laugh, and finds a way to connect Rafiq with his old friends through traditional letter writing. This Step 3 Waldorf Reader is perfect for boys and girls ages 5-8.!
A unique idea – a talking pen. In an age where cell phones seem most kids’ friends, the author resuscitates the original means of communication: the pen! A talking writing utensil becomes an immigrant boy’s best friend. Immigrant children will like reading a book about themselves combined with a little fun and magic. Not only will they learn to read, but have fun at the same time. Mr. Inker will bring smiles to immigrant and American children alike. The story may even cause a chuckle or two. Teachers and parents will like the learning within each story and the learning section at the back of the book.
Work as a Teacher
– Buffalo State College, New York, Presently teach classes (English Studies, Writing, Reading)
– Erie Community College, New York, taught classes Aug. 2015 to Dec. 2017(English Studies, Writing, Reading)
– West Seneca Central School, New York, Presently substitute teach (Grades K-12)
– Hamburg Central School, New York, Presently substitute teach (Grades K-12)
– Gowanda Central School, New York, substitute taught 2010- 2014 (Grades K-12)
– Forestville Central School, New York, substitute taught 2010-2014 (Grades K-12)
– Granville Central School, New York, substitute taught 2009-2011 (Grades K-12)
– Granville Central School, New York, Student Teaching, Fall 2009
– Salem Central School, New York, Reading Teacher practicum, Spring 2006
Work as a Writer/Review Coordinator/Reviewer
– Freelance writer & editor, authored and published various fiction, non-fiction, book-reviews, recipes, trivia, and poems, 1995-Present
– Fjord Reviews, staff book reviewer, 2012-2013
– Drollerie Press, staff reviews and interviews coordinator, 2008-2010
– Leapfrog Press, Fredonia, New York: worked learning marketing, editing, newsletter, Spring 2013
– Drollerie Press, online fantasy press: worked learning editing, coordinating reviews and interviews for DP authors, Spring 2008
“I appreciated her ability to work with varied personalities. Most particularly, I appreciated her ability to not only direction, but to out-perform my expectations of her in every area. In all her interactions, she was a credit to the company. She has been indefatigable in completing all of the duties.” —Publisher
“I have not seen a more well prepared and professional student-teacher. She truly knows the students she works with as individuals and cares about them in a personal and understanding way while still maintaining the professional distance that is often lacking in inexperienced teachers.” —6th Grade Teacher/Track & Field Coach
“She brings an excellent work ethic with her, always willing to pitch in and keep things moving. A model of professionalism and courtesy.” —Access Services Librarian
“The level of maturity was raised because of Christina’s high expectations in academic and social skills.” (On teaching 6th grade Egypt unit) —Professor of Education
“Ms. Kennison creates a warm and caring classroom atmosphere. She used questioning techniques to help the students process the learning and examine their own understanding.” —Principal
“She has been a positive addition to our school. She has made a concerted effort to change a program and transformed the Library to be supportive of our study skills curriculum. I am quite pleased with the direction in which Ms. Kennison has taken the Library program.” —Principal
“Christina is a passionate educator, gifted and author and dedicated professional. She will not only teach the skills necessary for students in the 21st century, she will model those skills for her students. Christina’s experiences in numerous positions and settings have broadened her understanding of schools and the educational system. When her students ask, ‘will we ever use this?”’ she will have answers.” —Professor of Education
“Research finds you consistently pump out work.” —Journal Editor, Author
“I would recommend her highly to any company needing writing, reviewing or interviewing support. —Editor, Publicist, Publishing
“I am very pleased to work with Christina. She works tirelessly to provide public relations opportunities to our authors and for the company. She is always professional, courteous, and friendly. One of the things I most appreciate about Chris is that she responds quickly. In a telecommuting situation where the people you rely on must be reached by telephone or email, it’s sometimes difficult to get a timely response. That has never been a problem with Chris.” —Publisher
“Her supervisor was very complimentary of Chris’s ability to be an almost entirely self-directed colleague.” —Professor of English/Writing
“I appreciated her ability to work with varied personalities. Most particularly, I appreciated her ability to not only take direction, but to out-perform my expectations of her in every area.” —Publisher